Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a rapidly growing, combat oriented style of martial art. Commonly referred to as BJJ, the art is a ground-based grappling (meaning gripping, manipulating and controlling of an assailant without the use of striking) system first developed before WWII in Brazil by the Gracie family from a modified form of Judo.
Unlike western wrestling where the objective is to "pin" your opponent or gain points, the goal to BJJ is to gain positional advantage and apply a joint lock or choke and force your opponent into submission. BJJ endorses the concept that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and good technique can defend themselves on the ground against a larger, stronger opponent.
It can be trained for self defense, sport tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA - sometimes called NHB or "No Holds Barred") competition.
Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live resisting partner drilling play a major role in training. The history of the art goes back to the 1930's where it was tested in the crucible of competition from the start. It wasn't until the early 1990's that the art gained attention in the US with the advent of televised NHB/UFC fighting that was dominated by the Brazilian BJJ fighters.
Through BJJ, practitioners such as the Gracie family and the Machado brothers, took the martial arts world by storm shattering long held myths of the invincibility of certain traditional systems and training methods.
An outstanding aspect of BJJ is that, unlike many other martial arts, you can practice at 100% speed and power- meaning you don't have to "pull punches" so to speak. That might sound like a scary proposition but, as effective as BJJ is, it is still a very gentle art and you can practice all day long and not suffer injuries.
Once you have a properly applied technique, your partner will not be able to escape and will have to "tap out" which ends the match with no one getting hurt. In a self-defense situation, you have the option of taking the techniques further than you ever would in class.
For more on the incredible history and details of the art please refer to this Wikipedia entry here.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: Do I need to be in shape to join?
A: No. Practicing BJJ regularly will get you in great shape. If you want to be or not. BJJ training will improve your endurance, strength, flexibility and coordination.
Q: Do I have to fight or compete?
A: Absolutely not. We support and encourage all those who want to compete but NWJJA prides itself on being a Martial Arts school first. No matter what your interest level our training is geared to teach you the art of BJJ. Through that you will learn to defend your self, you will learn a unique form of physical expression and self improvement, and you will have fun.
Q: Do you have gi's I can purchase?
A: Yes. We can outfit you to start right away.